3 of the Best South Carolina Parks to Explore

Father and kids canoeing in one of the South Carolina parksWith white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and palm trees blowing in the breeze, North Myrtle Beach, SC, is an ideal destination for a summer getaway. But after a few lazy days in the sun, it’s time to get out and explore! Just a short drive from Seaside Vacations, a variety of beautiful South Carolina parks offer spectacular sightseeing, educational opportunities, and endless outdoor recreation. Whether you’re in the mood for a vigorous hike or want to spend the day fishing, these parks truly have something for everyone! Here are a few of our favorites.

Spend a Day at These South Carolina Parks

1. Myrtle Beach State Park

Featuring miles of hiking trails, a fishing pier, and a campground, Myrtle Beach State Park is a peaceful escape from the Grand Strand’s busy beaches. Visitors can cast a line off the pier, or enjoy hiking a number of trails that offer views of the beach, rare maritime forest, and even freshwater ponds. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and take advantage of the park’s grills and picnic tables, then take the kids to the playground or on a nature walk. Myrtle Beach State Park also has a small nature center, which features live animals and hands-on displays that stress the importance of the park’s habitats.

2. Huntington Beach State Park

Located in Murrells Inlet, SC, Huntington Beach State Park offers everything from camping and surf fishing to some of the best bird-watching on the East Coast. Guests can check out the park’s nature center for the chance to see loggerhead turtles and other endangered species up close, or visit the freshwater lake and search for alligators. The park is also home to the prestigious Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival, which is held in the former home of Anna Hyatt Huntington each September.

3. Little Pee Dee State Park

Little Pee Dee State Park in Dillon, SC, was named after the blackwater Little Pee Dee River and is a great place to go for a day trip. Guests can enjoy fishing in the river or on the 54-acre lake, which offers species like bream, brass, and catfish. Fishing boats are available for rent, and guests can also enjoy paddling in a canoe or kayak. If you’re not a fan of the water, feel free to take a leisurely stroll on the 1.3-mile Beaver Pond Nature Trail or ride a bicycle along the paved park roads.

Book Your Stay with Seaside Vacations!

A trip to one of these South Carolina parks is a wonderful way to experience the great outdoors, and coming home to our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will be the cherry on top of a great day! After hours of hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring, you and your family can have a delicious BBQ on the deck, watch the sunset on the beach, or simply relax and enjoy each other’s company. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover in the Palmetto State!

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